Jeph Mathias

Jeph, a New Zealand/Indian has been messing around with complex human/environmental issues all his life. Long ago he taught in an illegal multiracial school in apartheid South Africa and volunteered with Mother Teresa. He took off from Auckland medical school to trap crocodiles in the Amazon and after becoming a doctor he worked MSF In a war in Colombia and lived in a Cambodian slum. Having kids brought him back to medicine in Aotearoa (Rotorua and Ōautahi) but the call of the big, wild, ugly, beautiful world took him back to the Himalayas from 2006 until Covid arrived last year.

Back in Ōtautahi now, Jeph evaluates and designs complex projects in Aotearoa and internationally. His thinking is strongly influenced by the people-centred Outcome Mapping (OM) and Outcome Harvesting (OH) philosophy but that’s mixed with what he’s picked up from work as an emergency doctor in New Zealand, living in slums in Asia, Latin America and Africa, leading small project teams in remote places, teaching in South Africa, leading expeditions and from Auckland, Otago, Massey and Cambridge universities. Somehow, he’s picked up qualifications in medicine, biology, philosophy, GIS and development studies, but his real education has come from a lifetime playing around on this fabulous and flawed planet.

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